Your Guide to the
Christian Reconstruction Movement


The "Christian Reconstruction" movement is one of the most important and under-reported Christian movements in the 20th century. After the death of its founder, R.J. Rushdoony, it seems to be in decline. The author of this web page has had numerous articles published by R.J. Rushdoony and Gary North, was personally tutored by Greg L. Bahnsen with a view toward ordination in the OPC, and shared the pulpit with David Chilton at a small church in Anaheim, CA, but would not be called a "reconstructionist" by most Christians who call themselves "reconstructionists." He defends Theocracy, but opposes Capital Punishment, so his position is not easily pigeon-holed. He believes the Christian Reconstructionist perspective is important, and hope it receives renewed support.

If you have never heard of the Reconstructionist movement, consider these two references to the movement from both sides of the political spectrum:

From the "left":
     The Christian Right has shown impressive resilience and has rebounded dramatically after a series of embarrassing televangelist scandals of the late 1980s, the collapse of Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, and the failed presidential bid of Pat Robertson. In the 1990s, Christian Right organizing went to the grassroots and exerted wide influence in American politics across the country.
     There is no doubt that Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition gets much of the credit for this successful strategic shift to the local level. But another largely overlooked reason for the persistent success of the Christian Right is a theological shift since the 1960s. The catalyst for the shift is Christian Reconstructionism--arguably the driving ideology of the Christian Right in the 1990s.
     The significance of the Reconstructionist movement is not its numbers, but the power of its ideas and their surprisingly rapid acceptance. Many on the Christian Right are unaware that they hold Reconstructionist ideas. Because as a theology it is controversial, even among evangelicals, many who are consciously influenced by it avoid the label. This furtiveness is not, however, as significant as the potency of the ideology itself.
     Reconstructionism has expanded from the works of a small group of scholars to inform a wide swath of conservative Christian thought and action. While many Reconstructionist political positions are commonly held conservative views, what is significant is that Reconstructionists have created a comprehensive program, with Biblical justifications for far right political policies. Many post-World War II conservative, anticommunist activists were also, if secondarily, conservative Christians. However, the Reconstructionist movement calls on conservatives to be Christians first, and to build a church-based political movement from there.

PublicEye.org - Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence

     Mainstream outlets like the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post are finally starting to take note of the influence Rushdoony and his followers have exerted for years in American conservative circles. But a second part of the story, of particular interest to readers of this magazine, is the degree to which Reconstructionists have gained prominence in libertarian causes, ranging from hard-money economics to the defense of home schooling. "Christian economist" Gary North, Rushdoony's son-in-law and star polemicist of the Reconstructionist movement, is widely cited as a spokesman for free markets, if not exactly free minds; he even served for a brief time on the House staff of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 1988, when Paul was a member of Congress in the '70s. For his part, Rushdoony has blandly described himself to the press as a critic of "statism" and even as a "Christian libertarian." Say what?
     Politically, Reconstructionists have been active both in the GOP and in the splinter U.S. Taxpayers Party; but their greater influence, as they themselves would doubtless agree, has been felt in the sphere of ideas, in helping change the terms of discourse on the traditionalist right.

Reason Magazine - Invitation to a Stoning

From the "right":
I would not be surprised were a reader or two surprised by the generally favorable reflection on R.J. Rushdoony in this issue. After all, the editors have left no one in doubt about their belief that his movement to reconstitute society on the basis of "Bible law" is fundamentally wrongheaded. See, for but one instance, my article "Why Wait for the Kingdom? The Theonomist Temptation" (May 1990). In an obituary, however, the maxim comes into play, De mortuis nil nisi bonum. And Rushdoony undoubtedly warrants an obituary in a journal devoted to religion and public life. Far beyond the relatively small circle of those familiar with his name or movement, Rushdoony's peculiar brand of Calvinism has influenced the ways in which countless Americans think about God's will and the public order. We disagreed with him, as we disagree with those who simply dismiss him as a kook. Aspects of his thought, for better and for worse, are not entirely alien to the experience of the American founding and continue to play a part in how people try to make connections between revealed truth and the tasks of culture, law, and politics. Whatever our disagreements, it cannot be denied that he, too, was working on "first things."

First Things -- August/September 2001: The Public Square

     Ralph Reed rejects very specifically the Reconstructionist movement promoted by R. J. Rushdoony and his associates.
     Reconstructionism-sometimes called Theonomy or Dominion Theology-is a bastard form of Calvinism contending that the American constitutional order must be replaced by a new order based on "Bible Law." Reed's rejection of this school is notable because, rightly or wrongly, his boss Pat Robertson (to whom Reed evidences unwavering loyalty) has sometimes been accused of advocating a modified brand of Reconstructionism. Reed's words are unequivocal and, given the diverse constituencies on which the Christian Coalition draws, bold: "Reconstructionism is an authoritarian ideology that threatens the most basic civil liberties of a free and democratic society. The pro-family movement [Reed's standard term for the cause he champions] . . . must unequivocally dissociate itself from Reconstructionism and other efforts to use the government to impose biblical law through direct political action. It must firmly and openly exclude the triumphalist and authoritarian elements from the new theology of Christian political involvement."

First Things -- Review Essay: Ralph Reeds Real Agenda


Rushdoony and the Reconstructionists were arguably instrumental in mobilizing the Religious Right in 1980 to get Ronald Reagan elected, but it took the left 15 years to figure this out.


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Christian Reconstruction

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What Is Christian Reconstructionism?

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CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTIONISM, DOMINION THEOLOGY AND THEONOMY

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Christian Reconstructionism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Christian Reconstruction: A Call for Reformation and Revival

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The Forerunner: View Forum - Christian Reconstruction

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The Chalcedon Foundation - Faith for All of Life

A Christian educational organization founded by Reconstruction's leading proponent, RJ Rushdoony.
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The Chalcedon Foundation - Faith for All of Life

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A Critical Look at Christian Reconstruction, Theonomy and Dominion ...

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A Nation Under God

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Christian Reconstructionism - religious cults, sects and movements

Research resources on religious cults, sects, and alternative religions - Christian Reconstructionism.
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Christian Reconstruction

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Christian Reconstructionists

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Notes on Reconstructionism

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The Five Points of Christian Reconstruction from the Lips of Our Lord

THE FIVE POINTS of CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTION from the LIPS OF OUR LORD. by Mark Duncan. TABLE OF CONTENTS. Introduction 1 1. Calvinistic Soteriology 4 ...
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Christian Reconstruction

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POLITICAL AMAZON: Christian Reconstructionism Links

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POLITICAL AMAZON: CR Sugar-Daddies, Politics, and You

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AlterNet: Public Stoning: Not Just for the Taliban Anymore

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Reason Magazine - Invitation to a Stoning

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The Royal Race of the Redeemed?

Christian Reconstructionism is Nazism in every important way. Reconstructionism is only two things; power and hate. It is evil cloaked in religion.
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Words of Christian Reconstructionists

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Keith Devens - Christian Reconstruction

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Christian Reconstruction Critiqued (Summaries by Reg Barrow)

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(DV) Bageant: The Covert Kingdom

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Christian Reconstruction@Everything2.com

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